A Ranty Spoiler X-Men Apocalypse Movie Review


It’s been 16 years since the first X-Men movie appeared on our screens, ushering in a new era of comic films. And while many superhero franchises such as MCU films flourished, the X-Men series had difficulty achieving both its critical and financial success. Many of the problems with the X-Men series have been fixed with 2014’s “Days Of Future Past,” a brilliant time travel film where director Bryan Singer was able to successfully link the original films to the new series. That’s why I find it incredibly frustrating to see most of it in “X-Men: Apocalypse”.

Here is the market. Apocalypse as a standalone movie is fine. It has great action pieces, it has an abundance of interesting characters with incredibly rich stories and a great villain villain intent on finishing the world. All the ingredients you need for a big hit movie. But it is not the first film of the franchise, it is the next of a trilogy and the ninth film of the franchise as a whole. So what should be interesting about telling stories and building characters is actually a retread of all-too-familiar stories.

With a host of new characters in the franchise, including Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Jubilee (Lana Condor) and Angel (Ben Hardy), the focus should be on developing their characters, rather than running yet another Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is good, then bad and then good again arc. The Magneto arc in Apocalypse is practically the same as the last two films – a couple of flashbacks about Nazi Germany, with Magneto becoming the villain before finding redemption at the end. It is incredibly tired and at this point an absolute chore to watch. The same goes for Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), who spends much of the film in human form before deciding to accept who she is and be sapphire again. Exactly the same arc of history that she had in the First Grade. This time could have been used much better to develop new characters and give them a goal. What was the reason why Psylocke joined Apocalypse? What made you want to stand by your side? Why was Apocalypse so angry at the world he was in for five minutes that he felt he had to finish it? It’s disappointing to see such an interesting apocalypse as completely one-dimensional and its four horsemen banished, only to stand on the pout for the majority of the film.

A good job is being done in building the X-Men team so that it looks like the team we first met in the original movie. Tye Sheridan as “Cyclops” was the most notable for me, it brings a lot of personality to a character that was quite tense and boring in the past. Sophie Turner’s performance in the role of Jean Gray was not so convincing, many of her lines were lifeless and flat. Famke brought a sweetness to the character that I haven’t seen here. With a Phoenix scenario to be remade at some point, I’m not convinced Turner will be able to bring out the good performance convincingly.

And then there are the holes in the plot. So many plot holes. With the events of “Days Of Future Past” changing the future so that the events of the original trilogy never happened, how does that explain exactly how Angel is in the twenties in 1983 and in the twenties in 2006 (X-Men: the Last Stand)? How can Jubilee be a teenager in this movie and in X-Men 2? And then there’s the subplot Wolverine with the X-Men that William Stryker took (again) to Alkali Lake, where Wolverine recently went through the Weapon x program (which we’ve now seen in five films) and each time it’s different. In the original film, Wolverine had never met any of the X-Men and now he has memories of him made by Jean Grey? Come on.

At this point in the film, Apocalypse and his riders spent most of the film sulking and eventually decided to finish the world. Although this confrontation between The x-Men and the four horsemen was good, it could have been much better. After seeing the incredible scene of the airport in Captain America: Civil War, you show the potential of these action scenes and much of it was shown in the trailers. Storm uses a little lightning, Psylock cuts a car in half, Jean curls around the corner all the time. Everything was just a little flat. The CG was also not particularly memorable with parts that remind a lot of the terrible CG Dark Phoenix from X-Men: the Last Stand.

It finishs me to be so critical of an X-Men movie. Growing up, I was passion with the ‘ 90s animated series and the X-Men franchise will still be my favorite, but there’s really no excuse at this point. With Marvel stunning him out of the park over and over with their movies, X-Men Apocalypse feels stuck in the past, unsure of where to go and keeping the franchise fresh. Old stories are played over and over again, one-dimensional villains that are quickly thrown away. Everything feels very tired and I’m worried about the future of the X-Men if this is still allowed.

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